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Download Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (44,200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Butcher Narrator: James Marsters Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

Something is stirring up angry apparitions all over town. Something that can break all the laws of supernatural physics. Something that doesnt like Harry. His closest friends are being targeted. The net is closing in. Harry must find a solution soon or find this is one Nightmare from which he will never waken. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/16/2014

    " This is the 3rd book in the Dresden Files series, and so far this has been my favorite. I love Butcher's writing style and how it gives life to Harry Dresden's personality. The series is full of humor, suspense, drama, magic, and action. This book also had vampires, faeries, and dragons.... What more can a girl want? ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 2/10/2014

    " This series just keeps getting better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/30/2014

    " This is one of my favorites of the series. We learn some new things about Dresden's family and history. The ghosts are angry and it's up to Harry to figure out why. The role of the council and some facts about the politics of the councils are also explained. Not everything works out as you might think or hope for. This is a great read and I would recommend it, but not until you've read the earlier books in the series. They are all exciting reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Albert Riehle | 1/27/2014

    " This book is...okay. I've heard great things about this series and came in at kind of an odd place, but caught up pretty quickly and for the most part, enjoyed it. It was well constructed and I thought the writer did a nice job of closing all the threads--and there were quite a few. I was also impressed that Butcher, unlike so many wannabes writing in the First Person today, made his character real, dimensional, flawed and not some omniscient, omnipotent badass that all the ladies love and all the men want to be. That alone makes this book worth a recommendation--so people can see that most of these others idiots out there today writing barely disguised, self-aggrandized versions of themselves are hacks. Butcher's Harry Dresden is far from perfect. He's filled to the brim with doubt and flaws and shortcomings and I thought it was brilliant to juxtapose him against a character who is literally holier-than-thou, a moral compass and stalwart man of incomparable faith. It was a great tool to use to contrast the way he drew the hero. My only real complaint is quite possibly just personal to me. It's a matter of taste--not a critique. The plot just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. It didn't have any holes or elbows that stuck out to me. The pacing was decent. For me, it was just a bit disjointed; there were parts that just didn't pull me along as I'd have liked. It wasn't a bad plot. It didn't suck. I'm not sorry I read it. It's just that with all the author did right and with all the praise I've heard heaped on these books, it was a little underwhelming, to me, in the end. Maybe this one is one of the slower ones in the series? Maybe this book's plot will improve once I've read previous books--which obviously have a bearing on the goings on in this one. Judging it on it's own though, as a standalone, it was just kind of okay. There's enough here to keep me coming back though. I'm interested in reading more about these characters and feel comfortable doing so in the hands of an obviously skilled writer. My only advice is that if you're considering starting this series, don't do it with this book. I have a feeling it's just not a good entry point to what is likely a good series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenzie | 1/27/2014

    " About two chapters in to this, the third of the Dresden series, it was obvious to me that Butcher had hit on a formula that worked for him and he was sticking to it.[return][return]Harry Dresden, wizard extraordinaire, was once again on the job in Chicago getting his butt soundly kicked by bad guys. This time he has a side kick, but even with that character's sound reasoning Harry manages to flub every attempt to do the right thing, landing him in more and more trouble.[return][return]Which twists the plot as much as possible until we reach the ultimate conclusion which includes Harry being pursued by many different other-wordly characters while being brought as close to death as possible without actually dying. Only then does he get blinding inspiration which allows him to pull the rabbit out of his hat and save the day.[return][return]It was hard for me to get through this one once the formula became apparent, but I did finish the story. I may skip ahead a few to see if Butcher's writing and plot skills have improved over time but I can't recommend this particular story as anything other than a point along some larger story arc (that's existence hasn't been revealed to this point). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/22/2014

    " This book is my favorite so far of the Dresden Files! It made me want to keep reading. Very suspenseful and has a way to keep the reader focused:) Ready to read Summer Knights! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ❉Olivia ツ | 1/19/2014

    " Sad. I love how we're slowly seeing Harry grow not just as a wizard but a man. So much happens in this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JC | 12/26/2013

    " Holy crap was this ever a huge improvement over the first two books. Time to tear through the rest until I'm caught up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Garoutte | 11/17/2013

    " I love James Marsden as the narrator and lead character, Harry Dresden, Wizard. Butcher's writing keeps my interest and makes me laugh in the midst of tense and terrifying situations. Very enjoyable series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr Stewart | 10/28/2013

    " This is supposedly the one where this series gets good, huh? I dunno. Perhaps this series is not for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bethan | 10/1/2013

    " Magic! Sword wielding holy men! Wizards! Vampires! Murder! Intrigue! All in present day Chicago. Fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ubalstecha | 9/8/2013

    " Great story! Kept me on the edge of my seat! Love how Butcher has moved Dresden's life along. Too many mystery series stall when the author refuses to let the characters grow or change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Zurlo | 2/6/2013

    " Lots of action and some good horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pollmak | 12/8/2012

    " I love the Dresden Files series. A great experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/8/2012

    " Harry vs. ghosts and vampyres.I felt the last act was a little long and misshapen. but the author is hitting his stride with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Schaeffer | 12/30/2011

    " Re-reading the Dresden Files, they are still the most excellent ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/16/2011

    " Things really begin to gather momentum here, loved this book. This really began my descent into a couple of months of page-turning Dresden obsession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elana | 9/20/2011

    " These are a great deal of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 5/23/2011

    " The first part didn't seem to flow with how the 2nd ended...maybe I missed something....
    Poor Harry though - hope he has a frequent 'flyer' card at the hospital! and insurance! LOL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/21/2011

    " The wizard dectective is trying to help save chicago and try to keeps his friends safe at the same time. The book shows the very human side of the character and is also very action packed. great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie | 5/17/2011

    " I wish I could give half stars... this would be three and a half. I wasn't sold after the first one, but they are getting better and better.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/16/2011

    " Getting a little gory but I'm still hangin' in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/15/2011

    " So far I love this series. This book was my favorite by far! It kept me tense, eagerly reading to see what happens next. I didn't want to put this book down. I can't wait to read more by this author. He will be on my currently reading list for quite a while, most likely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evgeni | 5/6/2011

    " Moral challenges and Carpenter, such a joy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 5/1/2011

    " Not as solid as the first two. I felt like Dresden whined his way through the entire book. Two cool new characters though! I will continue reading the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/29/2011

    " Best of the series so far....looking forward to the others :-) "

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About the Author
Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old—The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he’d added the rest of the Narnia books, the Chronicles of Prydain, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels, and The Lord of the Rings to his count. He was pretty much doomed from the start. Love of fantasy drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding, archery, martial arts, costuming, music, and theater. He played a lot of role-playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action role-play. He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files. She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing. Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He has plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one.

About the Narrator

James Marsters graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work, he finally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. He got his big break as Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also a talented musician; his band Ghost of the Robot has released three albums: Mad Brilliant, B-Sider, and Murphy’s Law.